The actress detailed the changes she's made to her diet and exercise routine on her blog—and they're extremely doable.

By By Renee Cherry
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Losing weight following a pregnancy can feel like a game of "who can snap back fastest?" This leads many women to rely on overly strict diets and workout routines to lose the weight as fast as possible. The pressure can be especially strong if you're a celeb with an "on-screen weight" to maintain in order to get back to work. Well, Katherine Heigl, who recently gave birth to her third child, is taking a different path to shed the baby weight, she shares in a post on her blog, titled "Baggage, My Postpartum Weight Loss Journey."

Heigl's story is familiar: She was frustrated at how much weight she gained during her pregnancy compared to other women. (This writer felt the same.) Like many women, Heigl lost much of the weight automatically (she lost about 30 pounds within 10 days of giving birth, she shares). But she found the remaining 20 pounds she gained during her pregnancy much more stubborn.

Photo: Katherine Heigl

Heigl explains that in order to tackle the remaining weight, she had to completely change her mindset to one of moderation and balance. "The years of deprivation, counting every single calorie, completely eliminating major food groups and setting unreasonable weight goals are over," she wrote.

"None of those things ever really worked for me and only fostered an unhealthy, resentful relationship with my body, an attitude that I do not want to pass on to my daughters."

Throughout the post, Heigl describes the steps she's taking to lose the weight gradually, without being hard on herself. Step one: Planning out low-calorie meals, without being overly restrictive. She shares that she uses EatingWell to help her plan wholesome, nutritious meals and to help her determine her daily calorie intake, especially while breastfeeding. Her current go-to: overnight oats and smoothies for breakfast and simple soups for lunch. (Here, more overnight oats recipes that will change your mornings forever.) She's also been saving time on meal planning and grocery shopping time by relying on food delivery service HelloFresh to make quick and easy low-cal dinners.

In terms of her fitness regimen, Heigl shares that she's been devoting "no less than three days a week to exercise that suits my body type, like yoga and long hikes." ("I'm not into those high-impact cardio or weight training classes," she writes.) The other crucial component for her weight-loss success? Prioritizing sleep. Heigl shares that even with a 6-month-old, she's been managing to get in an impressive eight hours a night.

Overall though, Heigl's best weight-loss advice for fellow new moms is to start the day with positive mantras about your body and to cultivate gratitude, which can make weight loss less of a painstaking process, she says. (Try this mantra.) "The difference I've found in doing the work with a loving and positive attitude versus an anxious, frustrated, and negative one is that the weight really does seem to just fall away with less struggle," she wrote.

Photo: Katherine Heigl

Heigl's philosophy could be beneficial whether or not you've just given birth. Weight loss should never be a race, and beating yourself up in the process won't do you (or your body) any favors.

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